Each year, the City of Great Bend schedules the Youth Academy, where middle school students tour city departments and get a firsthand look at what goes into running our community. This year's Youth Academy coincided with another annual event, the Great Bend City Council's tour of city departments.
Relay for Life Barton County starts this evening. He are two photos from the set-up in the afternoon.
The Barton County Health Department has a new electronic sign. It shows public service messages, and can also show the time and temperature or a holiday greeting, as in this "Happy Fathers Day" message.
This year, voters can change party affiliation until July 1 despite new legislation passed by the state of Kansas, according to Donna Zimmerman, Barton County Clerk. When HB 2210 is published in the Kansas Register on July 1-that is the date the new law will go into effect.
Daryl Beck has been incarcerated at Ellsworth Correctional Facility for nearly eight long years, but like most inmates, Beck will not be in prison forever – he will be a free man again. His release date is Aug. 15.
Workers will begin performing slurry seal work on 10th Street next week, City Engineer Robert L. Winiecke said.
Heartland Farm held its annual Peace Camp the first week of June, with 20 children in attendance. The theme this year was Native Americans, said Marilyn Pearson, camp spokesperson.
Still sharp and witty at the age of 90, former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole graciously spoke and then greeted each of the dozens of community members who waited in line to see the elder statesman in Great Bend Wednesday afternoon in Great Bend.
By the time the first Camp Hope campers arrive in Barton County on Sunday, many hours of behind-the-scenes work will have already taken place. One service project comes from a young man who had never heard of Camp Hope, until he read a news article about a fire that threatened to spoil this year's fun.
Barton County department heads are asked to submit a bi-weekly activity report of statistical information or a summary of services. These are presented every other week to the Barton County Commission as a means of reaching the public and keeping citizens aware of the duties and services completed.
At approximately 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, Great Bend Police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Morton St. and Lakin Ave.
Sheriff Brian Bellendir reported on operations at the Barton County Jail during Monday's county commission meeting, answering questions about the facility and the staff. It's been 10 years since construction of the detention facility.
Youths in Great Bend Recreation Commission baseball and softball leagues can't run home when a batter is swinging at a pitch, GBRC Sports Director Chris Umphres said.
Starting Thursday, June 12 the City of Great Bend will be spraying for mosquitoes from 8 p.m. until midnight. Residents are advised to keep their doors and windows closed during that time. Spraying will continue each Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight through July 3, weather permitting.
LLINWOOD - Bike Across Kansas became an Extreme Sport on Monday when participants faced four inches of pouring rain that some said felt like hail scouring the face, semi's blasting water from both lanes of traffic, slippery railroad tracks, falls, cold, and head winds, all to be able to say, "I did it."
Hoisington Municipal Court - July 18
Three bidders have had a peek inside the old opera house building at Forest and Williams, all eying the possibility of razing the beleaguered structure.
Texas Hold 'Em Poker Tournament to be held
Noting that it was more than double previous projections, the Great Bend City Council Monday night voted to reject a bid submitted for utility improvements in the Amber Meadows housing development.
Monday, volunteers were on hand at the St. Rose Auditorium for the day-long 'Battle of the Badges' blood drive that has become an annual tradition in Great Bend. Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir, Great Bend Chief of Police Dean Akings and Great Bend Fire Chief Mike Napolitano were some of the first in line to roll up their sleeves to give blood. Community members who donate blood can vote for their favorite agency. The winning agency gets bragging rights for the year.
Hoisington Winner Plans to Pay off Home with Lottery Prize
Her voice brimming with enthusiasm, new Big Brothers, Big Sisters area director Diane Shoemaker has come on board with the non-profit organization which provides a little attention to kids-in-need, but has big results.
ELLINWOOD - The Ellinwood Heritage Senior Center will feature guest speaker Linda McCaffrey during a July 28 noon pot luck lunch.
It was a time Monday morning to show appreciation. The Barton County Commission recognized two long-time county employees who are leaving after years of service.
After somber deliberation, a unanimous Barton County Commission Monday morning approved a non-binding resolution calling for the resignation of County Treasurer Kevin Wondra.
The motocross community will convene in central Kansas on Sept. 20-21 for the 2nd Annual Hahn Brothers Supercross Shootout. Hosted by nationally recognized and professional motocross racers Wil and Tommy Hahn, the shootout provides racing opportunities for pro and amateur racers, and an electric atmosphere for spectators and racers, the Hahns said.
ELLINWOOD - Overcast skies made for a pleasant morning Saturday when the Ellinwood After Harvest Festival parade brought crowds to the red, brick streets of the community.
TOPEKA – Ruling the jury instructions may have violated his constitutional rights, the Kansas Supreme Court Friday overturned the death sentence for Sidney Gleason, convicted of capital murder in the 2004 killings of a Great Bend woman and her boyfriend.